The School Room

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The School Room is a rock climbing training facility in the Heeley Bank School community centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.[1] The facility was originally built in 1993 by Gavin Ellis, Ben Tye and Andy Coish,[1] as conditions at Peak District Limestone venues (at which they trained) were not always ideal.[2] The facility was made famous by its reputation for its extremely difficult problems. Many notable international rock climbers were trained at The School Room, including Ben Moon,[1] Malcolm Smith, Jerry Moffat and Richard Simpson.[citation needed]

The School Room received its name from the fact that it forms a portion of an old school building, of which another portion is used for an art studio.[2] The facility consists of four plywood climbing walls, which are covered with wooden and plastic holds, at angles of between 15 and 52 degrees.[2]

In 2007, the School Room was under threat of closure and Sheffield City Council had asked all users of the centre to vacate the premises.[3] A successful petition was established to save the facility and the Council opted to shelve the plans.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Douglas, Ed (2015). Statement: The Ben Moon Story. Vertebrate Publishing. ISBN 9781906148997. 
  2. ^ a b c "Carry on climbing...". Sheffield Telegraph. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Heeley protesters win reprieve". Sheffield Telegraph. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 

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Coordinates: 53°23′10″N 1°28′34″W / 53.386°N 1.476°W / 53.386; -1.476